Nintendo awarded $12 million in ROM piracy case

Doris Richards
November 14, 2018

Guests could search through the sites' massive archive of titles, an enormous list dominated, at the top, by Nintendo's often-requested games.

After Nintendo filed a complaint via federal court in Arizona calling both LoveROMS.com and LoveRETRO.co out on hosting ROMs, the operators took the sites offline as the news spread to other sites who did the same thing. The Mathias couple must also give Nintendo of America ownership of both of the involved websites, as well as all of their Nintendo games and emulators at their own expense. Faced with a lengthy legal battle, they admitted to both direct and indirect copyright and trademark infringement and agreed to the judgement of $12,230,000.

Jacob Mathias and his wife will pay the huge sum for offering thousands of free downloadable Nintendo games through LoveROMs.com and LoveRetro.co, according to the settlement, which was first spotted by TorrentFreak. "Through the websites, the defendants reproduce, distribute, publicly perform and display a staggering number of unauthorized copies of Nintendo's video games, all without Nintendo's permission". The suit was filed for counts of copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and unfair competition. Nearly immediately, those sites were taken down as Nintendo sought damages that could have potentially totaled as much as $100 million.

The LoveROMs home page directed users to a search bar to find and download retro games on computers or Android devices.


But it's not just the ROMs the couple used.

We'll see if the publisher continues its hunt in the future for other ROM sites, but obviously it's focusing on its own business, with the Let's Go games releasing for Switch this week and Super Smash Bros.

The LoveRETRO website similarly directed users to a library of games, but they could be played online through an emulator.

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